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Amateur Radio Afloat and Portable

APRS Message App for JS8Call

I was recently planning to have a go at writing an app with UI for the Raspberry Pi that would allow the user to easily send Email, SMS and APRS messages using JS8Call. A day or so later Jason, KM4ACK released a YouTube video about sending aprs messages  so I...

JS8CallTools for Raspberry Pi

You may already have seen some posts about the first of my JS8Call Tools - my GPS Utility for #JS8Call, its a python script with a Graphical User Interface that I wrote for grabbing my Location from GPSD running on my Raspberry Pi, it then translate the Lat and Long...

The Raspberry Pi Project – Part 3

Programming For this part of the project I needed to write some code. By day I am a Java Developer, and over the years have used a few different programming languages so for this I wanted something new to learn so I chose to use Python 3 for this project. Its pretty...

The Raspberry Pi Project – Part 2

Hi Again Everyone, Today the rest of the parts to build my Portable Station Computer arrived No, Im not doing an unboxing video... I ordered these parts from RS Components Adafruit Ultimate GPS Hat Provides GPS and PPS time source, with battery backed up time....

The Raspberry Pi Project

Hey all Ive been thinking about my portable computing set up again, and I've come back to the Raspberry Pi. So what Im planning to do is (finally!) produce a series of blog posts about setting this up as the best amateur radio portable computer that I can, its going...

Portable Operation

Over the past couple of months Ive been putting together a couple of portable stations, this one uses a hand truck/sack truck, not only does this enable me to move it about quite easily it also acts as the ground plane for the vertical antenna which is held up with...

Portable on the River Hamble

I spent a few hours completing some work on my portable station this afternoon, and was very pleased with the results. I had QSOs on 20m SSB with stations in Lapland, Serbia, Bosnia and in Iceland using 25watts into my vertical 1/4 wave wire and artificial ground,...

Let’s go fly a kite

it was windy enough today to try out my Chameleon Emcomm II on the river. Unfortunately too windy and gusts so the antenna wire kept dipping in the water. But I got the kite up in the air and could hear some stations on 20m so it’s working fine. i have also finished...

Power for the Raspberry Pi and Adafruit GPS hat

Instead of using a 12volt to USB power port which sometimes cause noise on lower HF bands I thought I would give this a try. its a UBEC DC-DC coverter which takes a 5.5 to 26volt input and gives us a steady 5volt supply and it supposed to have limited EM interference....